Hastoe Housing Association part of ‘elite group’ leading the way on sustainability

22/06/2015
A new report released this week has placed Hastoe Housing Association in an elite band of social landlords who are taking action to tackle climate change whilst improving the homes of residents. Hastoe is part of the SHIFT group of social landlords who measure, compare and improve their environmental performance across a host of measures. SHIFT is an independent assessment and accreditation scheme that demonstrates organisations are delivering against challenging environmental targets – from the energy efficiency of homes through to fleet emissions and resident engagement.
SHIFT-accredited landlords are performing better, on average, than the rest of the social housing sector on the ‘SAP’ score, which measures the energy efficiency of homes, including how well insulated they are, and has the biggest single impact on both emissions and the ability of residents to manage their energy bills. In turn, social housing performs much better than homes in the private rented sector.

Sue Chalkley, Chief Executive of Hastoe said:

“It’s important to remember that when we talk about ‘environmental performance’, it’s not some abstract ‘nice-to-have’ badge. For our residents, investing in this stuff means lower bills – as well as a higher quality of life. This is a real advertisement for the difference that social landlords can make. We’re proud to be at the forefront of sustainability with the SHIFT scheme.”

Matthew Taylor, chair of the National Housing Federation, said landlords were to be congratulated on taking the lead on sustainability:

“SHIFT landlords all move at different paces but what they have in common is a commitment to measuring their impact and working to improve it. If we are to create the homes and communities that we all want to see, this is an excellent place to start.”

Other key findings from the report include:

  • More time is being spent assessing flood risks, and action is being taken to reduce them. As a result, over 300,000 extra homes have been confirmed as not at risk of flooding by SHIFT landlords. Flood risk is an area where performance has improved noticeably in the last two years.
  • Residents are being engaged on energy efficiency and the type of discussion or education is more active. However there remains a big opportunity for landlords to reduce residents’ bills and energy use by investing more in energy advice and staff training in conjunction with energy efficiency measures. The estimated total extra savings per year that have been made since 2012 from energy saving advice is almost half that for improving the energy efficiency of homes.
  • Increasingly, organisations are realising financial returns from energy efficient works. Some are now recording savings from office costs, fleet costs and communal areas of hundreds of thousands or millions of pounds. Others report the halving of rent arrears associated with energy efficient homes.

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